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Silicon Valley, S.F. incomes continue upsurge

line chartSeptember 30, 2015 – The median household income in Silicon Valley rose to $98,500 from 2013 to 2014, while San Francisco spiked nearly seven percent over the same period to $85,070, Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies reported today.

An Institute analysis of new United States Census data shows that income gains in Silicon Valley have now outpaced inflation for three straight years, while the poverty rate has dropped to its lowest level since 2008, reaching 8.1 percent in 2014.

Read the news release.

Meet Josué García, Santa Clara and San Benito Counties Building & Trades Council

JosueSeptember 28, 2015 - Josué García likes to think of his life as another Silicon Valley success story that started in a garage. But it’s not a tech story. Call it a tech-ador story. The garage in San Jose was his first home and techador is Spanish for roofer, his first job as an immigrant 32 years ago.

Today García is CEO of the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, representing 26 unions and some 30,000 workers, and is a member of the Joint Venture board of directors.

Read Josué’s profile.

Sherri Sager of LPCH elected to Joint Venture board

Sherri Sager headshotSeptember 18, 2015 – September 18, 2015 – Sherri R. Sager, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer for Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, has become Joint Venture's newest board member.

Sager, who has been with the hospital (LPCH) since 1994, oversees relationships and partnerships with elected and appointed officials, policy makers, healthcare providers, business leaders and industry trade associations as well as families, community leaders, members and organizations.

Read the news release.

Joint Venture taps David Witkowski to head Wireless Communications Initiative

David Witkowski headshotSeptember 15, 2015 – Joint Venture has appointed longtime wireless industry executive David Witkowski to lead the organization’s Wireless Communications Initiative (WCI).

The WCI brings together the wireless industry, local governments, businesses and residents to improve the wireless and broadband infrastructure in Silicon Valley and to keep the region a center of wireless leadership and innovation. Witkowski is the Founder and Chief Solutions Architect of Oku Solutions and the current president of the Wireless Communications Alliance. He succeeds Natasha Ernst, who led the WCI for two years and has moved on to a new position.

Read the news release.

Bay Area income inequality gap event Oct. 6

grey and white cover September 1, 2015 – Joint Venture’s Institute for Regional Studies and De Anza College are joining together to present a report and panel discussion on the widening income inequality gap in the Bay Area Tuesday, Oct. 6. Watch for more details soon. 

Economist Jon Haveman, author of a new brief on the topic from Joint Venture’s Silicon Valley Institute of Regional Studies, will present his findings, followed by questions and a panel. The brief, “Income Inequality in the San Francisco Bay Area,” found that average incomes among the highest-earning Bay Area households are $149,000 higher than they are nationwide ($489,000 here compared to $340,000 in the U.S.).

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Monthly Investors Council Spotlight

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Joint Venture's Investors Council welcomes dozens of public and private organizations and foundations supporting our initiatives and programs. The Investors Council currently includes more than 100 private organizations, 56 public entities and 13 foundations.

Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

Silicon Valley Indicators

indicators home page Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the online home of the Silicon Valley Index at

The site is maintained and constantly updated by Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies and is a robust collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Download the 2015 Silicon Valley Index.

This Month on "Inside Silicon Valley"

Inside Silicon Valley logoOctober 1, 2015 - Immigration reform, global technology and social innovation, Bay Area transit and the wireless industry are the topics this month on Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program, “Inside Silicon Valley.”

Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Scheduled guests this month:
Oct. 2 & 4: Todd Schulte, Executive Director,
Oct. 9 & 11: Chris Benner, Sociology Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz
Oct. 16 & 18: Ratna Amin, Transportation Policy Director, SPUR
Oct. 23 & 25: David Witkowsky, Director, Joint Venture Wireless Communications Initiative

Joint Venture Events Calendar

Our Master Calendar lists all regular meetings of task forces, initiative teams and community events.

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What is Joint Venture?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. See what Silicon Valley leaders have to say.

Contact Us

Joint Venture Silicon Valley
100 West San Fernando Street
Suite 310
San Jose, CA 95113 (View Map)

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Location & Entrances

100 West San Fernando Street is on the south side of City View Plaza in downtown San Jose, between Almaden Boulevard and South Market Street.

There are entrances on West San Fernando Street and from the center courtyard of City View Plaza.


Parking in the building is accessible by entering the parking garage on West San Fernando Street, Park Avenue, or Almaden Boulevard.

Please be advised the garage is frequently filled to capacity early in the day and finding an open spot can be quite difficult. Further, the rates are expensive and, regrettably, Joint Venture is unable to provide parking validation or discounts.

Additional public parking is located on the surrounding streets and in several indoor public-parking structures in the vicinity marked by neon signs indicating the location and number of parking spots available.

We encourage your use of public transportation:

VTA Light Rail and Buses – Our building is served by VTA Light Rail along First Street and by VTA Bus routes 22, 23, 63, 64, 65 and 81.

CalTrain and Amtrak – CalTrain and Amtrak passengers may disembark at the San Jose Stations across from the HP Pavilion and walk east on West San Fernando.

If you choose to drive:

From the South Bay:
Take U.S. 101 North to Highway 85 North to Highway 87 North (Guadalupe Parkway)
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the North Bay:
Take U.S. 101 South to Highway 87 South (Guadalupe Parkway)
Take exit 6B for West Julian Street toward St. James Street
Turn left on St. James to Market Street
Turn right on Market to West San Fernando
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the Peninsula:
Take Interstate 280 South to Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

From the East Bay:
Take Interstate 880 South
Take exit at North First Street toward Downtown
Turn right on North Julian Street
Turn left on North Market Street
Turn right on West San Fernando

From the West Valley:
Take Interstate 17 North/880 North to Interstate 280 South
Exit onto Highway 87 (Guadalupe Parkway)
Bear left onto Highway 87 North
Exit Highway 87 North at Santa Clara Street
At the stop light, turn right on Santa Clara
Turn right on Almaden Boulevard
Turn left on West San Fernando

In The News

October 2, 2015 - (Palo Alto Online) - Report: Silicon Valley Incomes Continue Upsurge: "Silicon Valley's median household income rose to $98,500 from 2013 to 2014, the Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Institute for Regional Studies reported Friday in a press release." More.

September 15, 2015 - (CBS Bay Area) - Santa Clara Co. Supervisors Push Forward on Equal Pay Ordinance: "In Silicon Valley, men make 52 to 61 percent more than women even though both have either a bachelor’s, master’s or professional degree, according a study by Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

August 28, 2015 - (San Jose Mercury News) - Pentagon Investment Hopes to Spur Tech Innovation in Silicon Valley: "The institute and the investment behind it could not only spur the growth of a new industry and lead to new jobs, but it could have a 'ripple effect' on the valley's economy, said Russell Hancock, president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More.

August 25, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Palo Alto City Council Bumps Minimum Wage to $11, Plans to Reach $15 by 2018: "The median income for skilled tech workers in Silicon Valley tops $118,700, while low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More.

August 19, 2015 - (Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Palo Alto Takes Important Step Toward Preserving Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: "Low-skill workers' wages hover around $27,000 annually, according to a recent report from Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More. 

August 18, 2015 - (KTVU-TV) - Housing Crisis: "The Bay Area is in the midst of a tech-fueled economic boom." Video.

August 5, 2015 - (ABC7) - Netflix, Microsoft Giving New Parents One Year of Paid Leave: "'A lot of our tech companies are known for their very young workforce,' Joint Venture Silicon Valley's Rachel Massaro said." Video.

August 4, 2015 - (USA Today) - San Francisco Joins the Nation's Industry Towns: "The difference between high- and low-income Bay Area households in 2013 was $263,000, compared with a $178,000 difference nationwide, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies last week." More.

August 1, 2015 - (Wall Street Journal) - Tech Shuttle Drivers Unanimously Approve Teamsters Contract: "The median income for high-skilled workers in the region is $118,651, while the median wages for low-skilled workers is $28,847, according to a February report from the think tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley." More

July 30, 2015 - (NPR) - Silicon Valley Tech Giants Start to Raise Workers' Wages: "These corporations are used to pressure from shareholders to keep the profit margins high. Now – for the first time – they’re facing a new pressure from a labor movement speaking up for low-wage workers." Listen.

July 30, 2015 - (Palo Alto Online) - Income Inequality in Bay Area Exceeds National Levels: "The difference between high- and low-income Bay Area households in 2013 was $263,000, compared with a $178,000 difference nationwide, according to information released Wednesday by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

July 30, 2015 - (Cal State East Bay Pioneer) - Keep Charity for the Bay: :The Bay Area’s homeless population is at peak rates similar to the Great Recession, according to the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies." More

July 30, 2015 - (Wall Street Journal) - What Keeps Stripe's President Up at Night? Trying to Hire Staff: "Indeed, with startups regularly attracting significant funding and valuations soaring, U.S. think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley said in February that the area’s job growth rate was 4.1% — the highest it’s been since 2000." More

July 26, 2015 - (Marin Independent Journal) - Marin Activists Seek Support in Campaign Against Child Poverty: "According to a report issued by the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, more than 8 percent of Marin’s population, some 21,263 people, lived below the federal poverty level in 2013 and more than 10 percent of these, some 1,900, were children under 6 years old." More